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Jury Reform — Juries Should Reflect the Whole Community [Angus Reid Institute]

Inevitably race was going to be raised as a factor in the justice system when Gerald Stanley was found innocent of the death of Colten Bouchie. Consider that the not guilty verdict was provided...

Too Soft! Confidence in Courts Wanes Slightly from 2016

It is a stark number - 62% of Canadians think that the justice system is too soft in dealing with people who have broken the law according to a recent Angus Reid Institute survey...
Public opinion about capital punishment in Canada

[CORA Archive] Waning support for capital punishment

Capital punishment has not been a feature of the Canadian justice system for some time. A a moratorium was instituted in 1967 and the practice was abolished in 1976. With the discovery of a...

Getting High — the Growing Support for Legalizing Marijuana

The Government of Canada is not out of touch with Canadians when it comes to legalizing marijuana. In fact, a majority of Canadians have been in favour of legalization for 10 years or more...

Canadians don’t feel any less safe in public spaces compared with 2016 [Ipsos, Global...

It would take too long to list the extensive number of attacks on innocent people at public places in 2017 -- Manchester, Barcelona, Las Vegas -- are just some of the notable ones that...

Prostitution: A Tale of Permissiveness or Understanding

When Canadians were asked about prostitution 17 years ago, the clear position of a majority was that prostitution should be illegal. Notably, this position was held while Parliament was considering the laws around prostitution. By...